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>> that's important. the area may be responsible for >> but he shouldn't stop there? >> because those newspaper accounts who give four long stray gas getting into the noses for the ads, those are ground water bubbling up there. here's what it looks like one county over. this is a geyser shooting read by the elites, by people methane infused water up into the air. who watch cable tv. >> this could get in the main stream. that's located by three natural >> you have to get the president to refute it. >> great to have you with us. gas drilling wells operated that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. apparently by shell oil. the "rachel maddow show" starts right now. good evening. >> thank you. and thanks to you at home for joining us this hour. the obama campaign announced they can make the drilling issue less like science, less like geology, less like geology today at the president's big becoming business, and more like campaign event tomorrow in the policy and politics. all-important swing state of colorado, the president will be and sometimes it is more than just images. introduced to the crowd in okay, timpson, texas. denver by sandra fluke, the georgetown university law student who became a household name thanks to the republican crusade earlier this year 10:15 local time, may 5th. against contraception. the ground begins to shake. just in case it wasn't clear timpson is in east texas. enough that women voters are that morning in may, something residents there are not really absolutely essential to the used to happened. obama re-election strategy, choosing sandra fluke for this a 3.7 magnitude earthquake. high profile gig at this >> east texas has experienced a campaign event tomorrow not only space shuttle crash, a
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devastating hurricane, and now shows that the obama campaign is add earthquake to the disasters. prioritizing women's issues in the campaign, but it's frankly showing by example, by doing seismologists first recorded the this in colorado, that policy trimmer around 10:15 this morning. about women and women voters a 3.7 earthquake was felt in portions of shelby and pinolas caring about policy about women, counties. can be absolutely definitive in >> a 3.7 earthquake in east a general election. even when everything else is texas. sort of unheard of. going against the democratic candidate. the city secretary told a news and here's what i mean. station she initially thought a in 2010, in a year when the nearby train had derailed. she said it shook the whole city hall for about 15 to 20 seconds. entire country went red, in just a landslide election for even the experts couldn't seem republicans, almost from coast to figure it out. to coast, in 2010, in a purple gary patterson said survey state like colorado, frankly, geologists are baffled by the the democrats had no business event. holding on to the u.s. senate quote, it's not where we would seat that they had up that year. normally see earthquakes in texas. all of the major poll watchers, kind of a mystery in timpson texas. all of the major election no injuries reported. predictors, all of the people minor damage to local buildings, who describe what's likely to happen in election years before but a 3.7 magnitude earthquake election, all of those folks described what was about to came and went and nobody seemed to know why. happen in the colorado senate race in 2010 as either a toss-up then a week later, it happened again. or leans republican. >> for the second time in just a but on election day, it went blue. week, in just the fourth time
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it went to the democrat, michael since 1981, an earthquake has bennet. it did not go to this guy. struck in east texas. a little after 3:00 this >> why should we vote for you? >> why should you vote for me? morning, a 4.3 magnitude because i do not wear high heels. earthquake hit about four miles east of timpson. >> are you for abortion or the quake hit only about six against abortion? miles from where last week's if you're for it, what instances earthquake was reported. would you allow for abortion? >> so in the space of just seven >> i'm pro life and i'll answer days, two separate earthquakes the next question. struck an area of texas that is not known for having earthquakes. i don't believe in the exceptions of rape or incest. a second one, the 4.3 magnitude quake, was the strongest to hit >> with an opponent like that in east texas in nearly half a century. a race he was expected to lose, the democrat, michael bennet, three days later, it happened again. decided not to stick his head in a 2.7 magnitude earthquake the sand and pretend like issues struck in the exact same area. like this don't have political a week and a half later, another significance or engaging on one. issues like this risks offending this one clocked in as a 2.5 someone somewhere. magnitude quake. he went on the offense on a week after that, the ground reproductive rights and women's health. began to shake beneath north texas. he nailed the republican ken a 2.3 magnitude earthquake buck on these issues. struck just south of ft. worth in the town of cleburne. >> since candidate supported that was june 5th. criminalizing abortion in cases this happened ten days later. of rape and incest, my question >> 3.1 magnitude earthquake has struck an area just north of is who is going to go to jail, cleburne. ken?
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who is going to go to jail? >> when you criminalize abortion in the case of rape and incest, and an abortion occurs, who goes that's near ft. worth. to jail? >> as a doctor, i try to protect the u.s. geological survey says it happened just after 2:00 a.m. the health of women. thankfully no damage or injuries that's what i do. have been reported. >> at this point, areas in north and east texas that do not that's why i'm very disturbed by experience earthquakes at all have been hit with six ken buck. >> who is ken buck, and does he speak for colorado? earthquakes in about the span of a month. ken buck even wants to ban common forms of birth control. the last one happened on june and buck's view on abortion -- 15th. >> i'm pro life and i'll answer the next question. on june 23rd, another one. i don't believe in the on june 24th, there was another exceptions of rape or incest. one. >> as far as i'm concerned, ken on june 26th, there was another one. on june 29th, there was one buck is just too extreme for more. colorado. four more earthquakes in north texas in the span of one week. >> that was how michael bennet >> people simply telling us they won a senate race he was never have never seen anything like supposed to win in an election this before. year that went republican almost their houses, their businesses, everywhere else in 2010. going through these earthquakes and for many of them, they don't believe this is just a natural and what did his win look like coincidence. in colorado? >> you think? tah-dah. they don't believe this is a women's votes. natural coincidence. that's the vote among women. over a span of 40 days between he only won the election by a june and july, they were rocked slim margin, but look at his by an astonishing 11 separate earthquakes. margin among women voters. 17 points, and thereby, michael there's something interesting about where the earthquakes were bennet won the race. hitting. the houston chronicle put
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and that michael bennet playbook together this map. from colorado from 2010 provides the political logic which all the blue markers you see are earthquakes that struck north explains why you are this year texas since the beginning of the year. seeing ads like these from president obama's presidential campaign. all of the red markers are known natural gas drilling sites. there are now three of these ads, the first one came out july notice a pattern? 7th. >> every woman who believes ever since fracking has been allowed in that part of the decisions about our bodies and our health care should be our country, they have seen an own is troubled mitt romney uptick in the frequency and supports overturning roe v. intensity of earthquakes. wade. for women, planned parenthood in 2009 in what is called the means life saving cancer screens mid continent region, there were and family planning services but for mitt romney -- 50 earthquakes. >> planned parenthood, going to get rid of that. >> i never felt this way before, but it's a scary time to be a in 2010, that jumped from 50 to 87. woman. in 2011, that shot from 87 mitt romney is just so out of earthquakes all the way up to touch. 134 earthquakes in one year. >> mitt romney opposes requiring insurance coverage for what's the cause for this? a brand new study out this week contraception and he supports from the university of texas now echoes what at least three other overturned roe v. wade. recent studies have shown. he backed a bill that outlaws the earthquakes in texas may be all abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. caused by natural gas drilling in the area. actually, not the drilling >> this is not the 1950s. specifically, but the process of injecting the waste water from contraception is so important to women. that drilling back into the it's about a woman being able to earth. make decisions.
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>> i don't remember anyone as the ut study found that most of extreme as romney. >> cut off funding to planned the epicenters for the quakes parenthood. were located within two miles of >> i don't think mitt romney can one or more waste water even understand the mindset of someone who has to go to planned injection wells. parenthood. despite all of the evidence >> three separate ads on women's piling up that the process of reproductive rights over the natural gas drilling may in fact last month from the obama campaign. and these are not just running not just be causing methane to on the web or in a liberal market here and there. these are big official campaign creep into the water supply in places like colorado and texas, but may also be causing ad buys. earthquakes in texas. these are on tv in places the despite the evidence, the president is trying really hard to win. and in the swing state of politics around it haven't colorado tomorrow, introducing the president at his big seemed to change just yet. campaign event in denver is the texas railroad commission, which for some reason regulates going to be the woman who accidentally made conservatives all drilling in texas, i don't know why, either. say what they meant when they they're currently denying any launched their republican link between waste water offensive earlier this year disposal wells and earthquakes against american women's access to contraception. in texas saying, quote, comm staission have no science or data at this time linking the >> what does it say about the minor seismic events to oil field activities. college coed susan fluke who at this time. goes before a congressional no science or data. committee and essentially says at this time. that she must be paid to have times may be changing. sex. what does that make her? joining us now is terrance henry. it makes her a slut, right? writer for the washington post
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and the atlantic daily. a prostitute. he's been writing a lot about have you ever heard of not having sex? texas fracking for state impact texas, which has published great work about that. nice to see you. have you ever heard of not thank you for being here. having sex so often? >> thanks for having me. >> in terms of me explaining the women in her law school what has been happening in texas and what we know about the science here, did i get anything program are having so much sex, wrong there? did i leave anything important out? they are going broke buying >> i think you covered it pretty birth control pills. well. >> that was a conservative radio like you said, there's been a talk show host named rush huge spate of earthquakes, limbaugh. particularly in north texas. mr. limbaugh not only just being the important distinction is fracking isn't causing the kind of disgusting there, but earthquakes but the disposal of also putting on display the fact waste water from fracking. that apparently nobody ever explained to him how birth control works. they have to essentially take have you ever thought about not having sex so often? the water sand and chemical mixture and put it in a giant it's like he thinks each time underground dumpster. you want to have sex, you have so the disposal wells are more to go to a birth control vending than 13,000 feet deep. machine and buy a new pill for that sexual experience. and when they're doing this, it's causing some faults to slip of all people, i'm no expert, and it's causing some of the but you can look it up, anybody small earthquakes in places like can look it up. you said that have had no seismic activity before this more sex does not mean more time. birth control pills. >> do they have to be dumping you take one a day and do what the waste water 13,000 feet deep you want.
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you don't understand how they into the earth? work. do they have other options for sandra fluke became a household other ways to handle this part of the drilling process? >> that could be something they'll start looking at at some name because of the of the wells that have been ridiculousness of those types of blamed for the earthquakes. attacks against her by conservatives. not all of these disposal wells led by rush limbaugh. in this area of seismic activity and also, i think, because the have caused the quakes, but about 70 of them have. presumptive republican nominee for president at that point, one thing they could stop doing mitt romney, refused to distance is stop injecting the waste himself from the attacks. water down there. another thing to do is put it in he said mr. limbaugh's language a different disposal well that was not the same language he is known not to cause quakes. would have used. the possibility of treating it, setting it back certain so he wouldn't have said slut. distances from seismic areas. he might have said another so there are options to deal synonym for that or something? with it. >> it does seem like if it weren't serious, it would seem the reason sandra fluke at that like a comic game of what could point was a public figure to be possibly go wrong. attacked by the guys in the first place was because of her one of the rejoinders to the advocacy. she was doing advocacy on concern about this has been essentially that the earthquakes capitol hill advocating for are small, that aside from very health insurance plans covering minor damage, these have not been the kinds of earthquakes that should be thought of as the full range of health care including reproductive contraception. disasters or causing real harm to humans. is there any assurance that the we now know in a continuing way quakes will never be larger than for the whole election year, we they have been so far now that now know that that policy issue there's a strong correlation
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of access to birth control is between the quakes and the drilling process. going to be a continuing source >> we talked to the u.s. of fake outrage for the political right. geologist survey and they said apparently right up until the there isn't any assurance they election. won't become more intense. ever since the obama administration issued the new as you pointed out, the rule as part of the health reform law that they must cover intensity -- the frequency has increased. and you are seeing quakes up to women's preventive care, they have been saying how upset this 3.5, 3.7 in areas that never had earthquakes before. makes them. >> imposing this requirement, so the open question is, well, right now, it's resulting in the federal government has drifted dangerously beyond its broken windows and cracked walls and foundations. constitutional boundaries. >> the obama administration has but what about quakes that crossed a dangerous line. >> the obama coercion starts nap areas where there is natural today. >> we're no longer free in this gas or oil pipelines? country. pipelines that weren't built to >> one major problem with all of specifications to withstand earthquakes. >> that was going to be my last the republicans performative outrage about how birth control question. because the area is not seen as access is going to be the end of being earthquake prone, infrastructure in the area for the republic and the ruination of freedom and democracy. all sorts of things, but around one of the major problems has the oil and energy industry, been the fact that 28 states it's not built to withstand quakes, is it? already had exactly the same rule in effect. >> i think that's a question that hopefully you know the in many cases for years before railroad commission and drillers themselves will look into.
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this new national health reform the thing to remember is that rule was even dreamed up. some of the politicians and the quakes have been pretty organizations that were screaming and yelling about the small in size. and also the distance that the new birth control requirement were screaming and yelling from quake has gone as been small. so far, it's been very localized states that already had effects and minor damage. contraceptive requirements in but certainly, as drilling place which never bothered them. fake outrage. happens and closer and closer to the same kind of fake outrage people and their homes, and we're seeing now from the folks people start feeling earthquakes at wheaton college in illinois. because of it, it's going to we talked about wheaton bring up the questions and hopefully this is something we college's awkward predicament on can all look into. last night's show. >> terrance henry, energy and environment reporter for state they said they're deeply morally impact texas. your work on this has been both and religiously offended by emergency contraception. more comprehensive than anybody else and also really clear. they say they wanted to apply thank you for helping us cover the story. for an exemption to the new rule i really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> thanks. so their health plans wouldn't republican "a" is running have to cover emergency against republican "b" in a contraception because of the primary election for the u.s. congress tonight. school's religious objections. and just who is republican "a" politically? the problem was wheaton college could not apply for an exemption well, republican "b" has already vowed not to support republican from the rule because wheaton college already covered "a" should republican a make it emergency contraception in their to november against a democrat. health insurance plans. and it's not because republican voluntarily. "a" is too moderate. without being outraged by it. election night coverage is weird tonight. and it's next. nobody even noticing it, let alone them being outraged by it. with the spark cash card from capital one,
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get a waiver to do so. but the obama administration is i just got something wrong. i said that three mile island was 1974, when it wasn't at all. offering waivers to say if you want to experiment with your it was 1979, which was totally welfare program to try some new state approach to get more dumb of me and my own fault. i'm very sorry. ngs can make a big difference. people in the work force, you can go for it. like how a little oil from here you can apply for a waver to do can be such a big thing in an old friend's life. that. and this again was requested of the administration by republican governors. we discovered and back when mitt romney was a that by blending enhanced botanical oils into our food, republican governor in 2005, he made the same request of the federal government. we can help brighten an old dog's mind so he's up to his old tricks. that states be given waivers to it's just one way experiment with their welfare purina one is making programs to try to get more people working. the world a better place... he asked for this himself. one pet at a time. look, there's his name. it's memorable whenever you see discover vibrant maturity and more his signature because i feel his at signature looks like it has a sideways emoticon of someone going like this. it's distinctive. here's mitt romney requesting the welfare change along with jeb bush and mike huckabee and haley barbour, also tim pawlenty, jon huntsman, rick perry, mitch daniels.
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even sanford was on the list before he had his hike up the appalachian trail, by which i mean he went to argentina with his mistress. the romney campaign's big new ad, their big new campaign effort they let reporters know about in advance because they wanted people to think this was a big deal, to let people know it was coming. they wanted to make a huge deal out of it. it's outrage over the obama administration doing what mitt romney and other republican governors asked them to do. which presumably they didn't find outrageous when they considering with about it, but now they find it outrageous. they're feigning outrage in order to have something to talk about that is not mitt romney's tax returns. in this case, mitt romney is wheaton college, pretending for it's election day today in political purposes to be michigan, and in missouri, and outraged about something they in kansas and in washington have done themselves which they state. the democratic parties and palpably do not find outrageous. republican parties in those states are having primaries if they did, they wouldn't have today. done it voluntarily. so, for example, kansas but you know, there is something democrats are picking candidates
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to run against these incumbent republican members of congress. else going on here. michigan republicans are picking which is important, and it's somebody to run against senator actually a genuine side to the debbie stabenow in the senate. outrage factor here, and it's this. it is the really obvious racial missouri republicans are picking someone to run against claire mccaskill. resentment card that is being washington state is picking played here. general election candidates to and this is not something that i go looking for. replace congressman jay inslee, i'm talking about it because it's obvious. who is running for governor in washington. here's the 1990 jesse helms ad. he is, himself, expected to the famous ad that everybody advance to the gubernatorial calls the hands ad. ballot in tonight's voting. part of the political science dictionary. so primaries tonight, but the most interesting race in all of as a means of stoking white these states tonight, i've got people's economic resentment of to say, is this guy's race. black people. it shows a white working man's at least it was supposed to be this guy's race. hands angrily crumpling up a he is thaddeus mccutter. rejection notice while the who has been the kind of narrator explains that the white man did not get the job because congressman who really would play the rolling stones song of essentially handouts to black people. jesse helms used that in his senate race in north carolina against harvey gant, who was african-american. "satisfacti and jesse helms was never embarrassed by stuff like this. he was, shall we say, an "satisfaction" while hementing that the prime minister of italy has been caught with unreconstructed conservative. prostitutes. but he intended to run for re-election this year, but he most people have learned to be screwed it up. embarrassed about stoking racial the signatures on his petition to get himself on the ballot turned out to be really
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resentment on economic issues. obviously fraudulent and faked. he therefore did not qualify for the ballot, and after a little most people have learned to at least make it a little more hemming and hawing about it, he subtle if you want to use it on dropped out and he resigned from a political context, but it is congress. lurking beneath the surface. the door on thaddeus mccotter's congressional career just closed shut. right before the midterm sometimes when doors close shut, elections, right before the 2010 a window mysteriously opens or a elections, you may remember the chairman of the virginia beach republican party sent around this e-mail, it was a joke. chimney flue flies open. in this case, the man with the my dog. i went down this morning to sign only name left on that seat, the up my dog for welfare. man who became suddenly relevant at first, the lady said, dogs after thaddeus mccotter are not eligible to draw self-destructed was this guy who came down the chimney, santa welfare so i explained my dog is black, unemployed, lazy, can't claus impersonator. speak english and has no clue he's a reindeer herder, a failed who its daddy is. senate candidate, he's on the she looked in the policy book, ballot and no other republican my dog gets its first check is. friday. he's also on the interweb is this a great country or what? machine at his very own website, the chairman of the virginia beach republican party later the caption on this shirtless apologized and agreed to resign. picture here is, "owner kerry just a few weeks ago back in june, the same sort of thing, ventivolio scratches reindeer ear on a warm spring day." incredibly racist joke about economic issues, about welfare and black entitlement. once everybody figured out he was going to be the only that was the entertainment at an republican on the ballot, it was
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arkansas tea party rally. interesting. the political right decided that santa would be their guy. he got endorsed by freedomworks, >> okay, the new definition of democracy, a black kid asks his the koch brother-funded group. he got not only endorsed, but mom, mama, what's a democracy? over $300,000 from a pac with ties to ron paul. well, son, she says, that be i mean, establishment republicans are still trying to when white folks work every day get around the santa reindeer guy. so us poor folks can get all our they are waging, in fact, a benefits. write-in campaign for nancy kasise. but mama, don't the white folk get mad about that? if it works, she would be only the fourth person in she said, they sure do, son. u.s. history to win a they sure do. and that's called racism. congressional primary as a write-in candidate. she has already said even though she is a republican and the santa reindeer guy is also a >> that was the tea party republican, she says she will not endorse kerry bentivolio in speaker's ice breaker joke. got a big warm round of applause the election if he win these in mountain home, arkansas, at a tea party event back in june. it's exactly the same thing that primary today. newt gingrich was tapping when he was running around the republican president campaign polls have been closed and with calling president obama the food 18% of the precincting stamps president. the same thing that made up reporting, mr. bentivolio does have 65% of the probably the lowest low point of vote.
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rick santorum's campaign for the the write-in candidates presidency as well. including miss cassis, has more than 35%. >> i have looked at all of the economic plans, but president but less than 20% of the vote in. obama wants to do, his economic in 2010, michigan republicans plan is to make more people dependent on the government. redrew the district, so this district swings so far to the i don't want to make black people's lives better by giving right it might as well be in them somebody else's money. alabama. and in any normal year, that i want to give them the means whoever wins tonight's opportunity to go out and earn republican primary would be a shoo-in to go to congress in the the money and provide for general election. themselves and their families. but thanks to thaddeus mccotter >> rick santorum's campaign did and thanks to the guy at have a number of low points, but that was maybe the lowest., this is not a normal year in michigan. ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 it was leavened only by the hilarity of how he tried to explain his way out of having said that on tape. >> i have looked at that quote. and in fact, i looked at the video. i don't -- in fact, i'm pretty confident i didn't say black. i started to say a word and sort ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 let's talk about the cookie-cutter retirement advice of -- sort of mumbled it and ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 you get at some places. changed my thought, but i don't ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 they say you have to do this, have that, invest here recall saying black. i was starting to say one word ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 you know what? and sort of came up with a ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 you can't create a retirement plan based on different word and moved on. ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 a predetermined script. and it sounded like black. ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 at charles schwab, we actually take the time to listen - >> i didn't say black people. ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 to understand you and your goals...
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>> isn't mike castle cheating on his wife with a man? >> that's the rumor. >> "that's the rumor." actually, no, it was never the rumor. it was never the rumor until this video came out during the campaign. when asked about it, mr. castle's primary opponent, christine o'donnell, she played her part perfectly. >> i think that that's a very tacky approach. i never said that mike castle was gay. i don't endorse putting out rumors that mike castle is gay. >> i would never call mike castle gay. who says mike castle is gay? who says gay? gay! i never said that, gay! republicans do this all the time. texas, 2009. kay bailey hutchison trying to unseat rick perry. the austin american spokesman noticed that hidden in senator hutchison's campaign website, among a long list of search optimization terms is the text, "rick perry gay" twice. you know, ronny... hi. so i can stand out. folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. and how happy are they jimmy? i'd say happier th a bodybuilder directing traffic. you don't see it at the site itself.
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it helps your site pop when he does look happy. get happy. get geico. people are searching for, say, fifteeminutes could save you fifteen percent or more on c insurance. the words "rick perry gay." the hutchison campaign said it was all a mistake, but look at specifically the way they apologized. they said, "we did not know these offensive word associations were being searched for by hundreds of thousands of texans every day, nor do we condone the computer generated existence on our website. they will be removed promptly." hundreds of thousands of texans are searching for the words "rick perry gay" every day. we didn't know. we would never take advantage of the fact that hundreds of thousands of texans are searching "rick perry gay" every day. did somebody say gay? gay, did you say? the latest one is in arizona. two incumbent republicans president obama quietly running against each other in a primary because of announced a plan to gut welfare redistricting. reform by dropping work one is david schweikert and the requirements. under obama's plan, you wouldn't other one is this guy. have to work and wouldn't have >> i love arizona. to train for a job. they just send you your welfare i was raised right. check, and welfare to work goes somebody has to go to washington back to being plain old welfare. and knock the hell out of the >> that is not true. place. >> that's congressman ben factual policy matter, that is
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not true, but it's out there, quayle, son of former vice and strategically, it seems to president, dan quayle, who has yet to knock the hell out of be part of the romney campaign's new bid to change the subject washington, but he does want another shot at it. away from what everybody else which one of these two guys is the star of the latest episode has been talking about for weeks which is their own candidate's refusal to release his tax of hey, you, i'm calling you returns. this is a new gambit from the campaign. gay? part of an effort to start in this case, it's ben quayle. talking about anything, anything this is the mailer the schweikert campaign sent out this weekend. you're looking at the front of else, even if it is what i it, ben quayle, he goes both believe to be obvious dog ways, dot, dot, dot. whistle racism in this newest the ellipses do quite a bit. campaign gambit. joining us now is melissa if you friendship -- flip it harris-perry, host of the great show with the same name, over, you find oh, ben quayle melissa, good to see you. thank you for being here. >> happy to do it. >> is this newt gingrich's food stamps president redux. goes both ways on issues. is this president reagan's very subtle, dan schweikert. welfare queen redux. and when called on the is this anything new, or is this insinuations in the flyer, a part of a pattern? >> don't miss it, there's another part of the pattern. that is president bill clinton's welfare reform redux. in other words, i want to be clear about how african-american single mothers who are in
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circumstances of poverty and trying to raise their children in difficult circumstances, that's what we're talking about when we use this welfare queen boogieman, and certainly, ronald reagan and his republican predecessors -- excuse me, the people who came after him are the people who gave us the language, stoked the fire in local elections like jesse helms that you pointed out earlier around affirmative action, but also george bush's campaign and willy horton and all of that. but it is also the tactic that was used by bill clinton to move the democratic party nationally far enough to the right to win the votes that turned the party in part into, i think, a much less courageous party around questions of race. and so, you know, earlier, you were pointing out the importance of talking about women's reproductive rights and going right at that and saying, democrats are going to be brave about this.
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and make this an issue on which they will run. the fact is democrats are going to have to eschew the legacy of bill clinton and go at the question of racial equality. >> on the issue of policy, one of the things that hamstrings the obama campaign is they have made essentially no policy on welfare issues. at least nothing that sparked this. the waiver of the request they have granted from the republican governors is a very mild change to this policy that will play out differently in different states depending on whether or not they get the waivers, whether or not they use them. and it doesn't have any national political implications because there is no national policy change except to give states a little more flexibility. president obama isn't doing something here that he can campaign on. the attack seems to be the act and not the policy. >> absolutely. i think those are the two pieces. on one side, there's a policy point here where the president is actually contributing to a kind of state's rights
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philosophy, right? which the republicans claim to be at the center of their own political ideology, this idea of states making their own choices, but we know that the conservatives tend to only want that if they believe that states are going to make choices that track towards conservative policies and idealogical position. for example, they're not very interested in state by state marriage equality. they are very interested in state by state reductions of planned parenthood capacity, for example. on one hand, there's this policy issue where the president can say, look, i haven't made any serious change, and to the extent i have, it moves towards states rights and that what you claim you like. on the question of tactics and the position you can use african-american bodies and particularly the bodies of poor black women as a boogieman, as a wedge that basically, the goal here is to distract white women who if they pay attention to what's going on with reproductive rights, will overwhelmingly choose president
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obama and congressional democrats to encourage them not to think about that issue but instead to stoke racial resentment primarily among white women voters in order to get them to vote their race rather than their gender. >> your academic work and your writing about the stoking of white economic resentment against liberalism in general is more than anything shaped my thinking about this, is why i wanted to talk to you about it tonight. thank you for doing the academic work and thank you for being here tonight. >> thanks. >> melissa harris-perry. it's primary election day in kansas, missouri, and washington, so you know what that means? reindeer. later on, junior high school playground taunts among republican rival candidates, neener neener, that's ahead. [ male announcer ] count the number of buttons in your car.
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[ "human" by the human league playing ] humans. we mean well, but we're imperfect creatures living in a beautifully imperfect world. it's amazing we've made it this far. maybe it's because when one of us messes up, someone else comes along to help out. that's the thing about humans. when things are at their worst, we're at our best. see how at liberty mutual insurance -- responsibility. what's your policy? in this country right now, i think we may be in a moment where something is changing along the number line. when a thing turns from science into business into policy, and then ultimately into politics. it's about energy. energy production in this country, the question or whether or not we pursue certain sources of energy. it's always been defined in part by how dangerous we feel that is.
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nuclear energy was a huge hit in america. at one point, it was the wave of the future until three-mile island happened and then the nuclear wave receded back to the sea. haven't seen new reactor built since. people began to feel like whatever its potential upside was, it was maybe too dangerous to be worth it to pursue more nuclear power. part of the way that that widespread feeling like that gets established, the feeling that something isn't worth it or something is at least dangerous enough to look into whether or not it's worth it, part of that is when you get powerful images like three-mile island or images like this, a guy in colorado who is able to set his tap water on fire because of the natural drilling that's happening in the area where he lives. enough methane gas has crept in his water supply his water has become flammable. that's from the movie called "gasland." what if it's not just the water coming out of the tap nat you can set on fire?
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what if it's also puddles on your property. this is a man in northeast pennsylvania collecting water from a puddle bubbling up near his house. he's able to light the fumes off the water on fire. state officials think a natural gas energy company drilling in
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